George Rwechungura

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The Server Needs To Die To Save The Internet

D<p>o we have the Internet we deserve? There’s an argument to say that yes, we absolutely do. Given web users’ general reluctance to pay for content. We are of course, <i>paying</i>. Just not with cold hard cash, but with our privacy — as digital business models rely on gathering and selling intel on their …

Teaching Kids to Code Will Change The Way We Program

<i>Raj Sidhu is a designer, Web developer, and creator of Code Monkey Island, a board game that introduces kids to programming fundamentals.</i><p>I felt pretty jealous as I walked into the computer room of the elementary school I was visiting. The hulking PCs of my youth – with their giant floppy disk …

Dear Clients, Please Stop: Ten Ways Founders Sabotage Themselves

As you know, Bob, I spend my Saturdays ranting opining here on TechCrunch, but I spend my work weeks writing software, building apps, sites, and services for the fine startup-to-Fortune-500 clients of the software consultancy HappyFunCorp. (Check out our spiffy new web site!) In that time I have …

3 Misconceptions About Crowdfunding

<i>Thijs Suijten and Menno Luiten are the co-founder and developer for Famatic.</i><p>Every startup needs money. How to get that initial investment is where there is a choice: find a suitable investor, bootstrap, or use the power of the crowd to get that ball rolling.<p>We loved the idea of the latter; not only …

How To Be Interesting In A Cover Letter

Offer something other than your desperate self on a platter–plus seven more tips from Indexed cartoonist Jessica Hagy.<p>Write one. Your resume checks off key words and gets your information in front of someone, but it’s not enough to get you an interview. Use the power of the cover letter for your …

Cover Letters

Advice for the aspiring entrepreneur

The rare breed<p>There is a tiny number of natural-born entrepreneurs out there, people who always knew they’d be running their own show long before …

Good Energy: it’s not about technology anymore, it’s about people

“When you look at markets, the best thing is not to know what you know now. Because otherwise you just wouldn’t do it. If you knew everything, you would never make a decision.”<p>Juliet Davenport set herself a simple but gargantuan task: to supply customers with renewably sourced energy. Her company, …

Ten questions to ask when pricing your product

Great products and services don't guarantee success. You also have to price them correctly, which requires knowing your customers well and what they're willing to pay, as well as what your competitors are charging. You also might consider market segmentation, product bundling, and both the tangible …

3 Unconventional Content Marketing Strategies You Should Try

One example worth noting is OnStartups.com by HubSpot co-founder and CTO Dharmesh Shah (disclosure: Shah is an investor in my current company).<p>Since the beginning of 2014, Shah has published six posts. No two posts were published on the same day of the month. Though four first went live on a …

HSBC bank launches free wi-fi in hundreds of branches

<b>Free wi-fi has arrived in hundreds more bank branches as HSBC moves to encourage customers to manage their accounts on smartphones.</b><p>Some 650 hotspots will help customers download and use the bank's app, and start making payments by phone.<p>However, security experts have warned users of public wi-fi to …

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Smartphones: The Silent Killer Of The Web As You Know It

The PC is dying, long live the PC! These headlines have been thrown around for years, as sales of laptops and desktops have continually dwindled downward.<p>The tablet has long been pinned as the murderer of the traditional computers and it certainly looked like it was going to be the one to do away …

Yahoo, AOL, YouTube Forge Unique Paths To A Video Future

It used to be, video was one thing – video. But as the worlds of Television and Web hurtle toward their now seemingly inevitable convergence – a number of the web’s largest players are staking unique claims in the future of video.<p>This week content creators, distributors, ad sales executives and …

Sony Expects an Even Bigger Loss—and That’s Good News for Sony

On Thursday, Sony executives spoiled the holiday cheer of Japan’s Golden Week. For the second time in four months, the Japanese electronics giant …

Twitter is experimenting with a mute feature in its mobile apps

One of the most-requested features for Twitter's mobile apps may be on the cusp of arriving. Some users of the company's iOS and Android clients are now seeing an option to mute accounts that they follow, preventing another user's tweets and retweets from appearing in their timeline. The user …

Yahoo’s mobile video streaming app is now on Android too

Yahoo Screen has arrived on Android to provide its users with video streaming from various entertainment channels — finally.<p>The Android app was debuted today, following Yahoo Screen’s launch on iOS last September.<p>Through the app, users can stream videos that are currently distributed on Yahoo. This …

Yahoo's making content of its own

Original online content is still in its infancy, but boy, is it a crowded crib.<p>Beyond the TV and the movie screen, there's YouTube, Netflix, HBO GO, Vimeo, Vice, Vevo and Hulu -- and now there's Yahoo, too.<p>Courtesy of a new deal with Live Nation, Yahoo will air live concerts every day starting this …

Online Solar Marketplace Raises $1M In Equity Crowdfunding

Let’s just say solar power social entrepreneur David Levine owes a big “thank you” to the Jumpstart Our Business Startups Act (JOBS). Passed in 2012 , it allows startups, including social enterprises, to tap a new source of financing–equity crowdfunding.<p>Levine founded Geostellar, a four year old …

Why teens are rebelling against Facebook

Facebook FB, -1.55% may be the biggest social network on the planet with 1 billion-plus users, but it’s not beating Twitter in every way. Twitter …

Social Media

Microsoft donates $1 billion to help US schools buy PCs (update: not direct funding)

Microsoft isn't just supporting White House's ConnectED education program by lowering the cost of Windows -- it's also giving schools the cash they'll need to buy Windows PCs. The company is donating $1 billion to make sure that students have the tech they'll need for both getting online and …

Iwata Reiterates Nintendo's Mystery Pledge To Move Beyond Video Games

Nintendo President Satoru Iwata left a lot of heads spinning when he said in January that Nintendo would “expand into a new business area” over the next ten years with products that increase “quality of life” that aren’t necessarily games.<p>We’ve heard next to nothing about that idea since then, with …

Twitter Wants to Be Your TV

Profitability doesn’t appear to be in Twitter’s future anytime soon. Losses are increasing, membership growth has slowed, and the company’s stock …

Corporate acquisitions of startups usually fail. Here’s why

For decades, large companies have gone shopping in Silicon Valley for startups. Lately, the pressure of continuous disruption has forced them to step up the pace.<p>More often than not, the results of these acquisitions are disappointing.<p>What can companies learn from others’ failed efforts to …

How to save Wall Street: Start with better parenting and more Canadians

<i>This post, originally published on April 27, was updated on May 18.</i><p>This past February, I retired from finance. Although I intend to continue to study the markets and write about them, I have no intention of ever working in the securities industry again. This makes it easy for me to talk to you …

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The UK's student loans system is broken – but we can fix it

The trebling of university tuition fees has not only left a disillusioned student electorate but a broken funding system. Yesterday's report by the IFS demonstrates that the new system has saved very little money, while the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills is anticipating it will cost …

Declara raises $16M to apply machine learning personal learning

Declara, a Palo Alto, Calif., startup that aims to help individuals in large professional networks learn new information, has raised a $16 million …

Dish Network to launch its Internet TV service by summer

Dish is expected to roll out a new Internet-based TV subscription service this summer, reports Bloomberg.<p>The offering would allow people across the U.S. to sign up for a linear TV service that’s delivered online rather than through a satellite dish. If the report is true, the long-rumored Internet …

Messaging Is A Winner-Take-Some Market

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>Anamitra Banerji is a partner at Foundation Capital where he focuses on investing in startups in the consumer and marketing technology sectors, including Kik, where he is an investor and sits on the board. He was the 30th employee and first product manager at Twitter, where he helped</i> …